Roland has officially introduced the AIRA TB-3 Touch Bassline – a new bass synth that offers a futuristic take on the classic 303.
The TB-3 is based on Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) modeling, which allows Roland to recreate the sound of the 303, but also to go beyond it. Here’s what they have to say about it: Continue reading
Today, Roland officially announced its new series of AIRA products:
- The AIRA TR-8 Rhythm Performer – a $499 drum machine;
- The AIRA TB-3 Touch Bassline – a $299 bassline synth;
- The AIRA VT-3 Voice Transformer – a $199 vocal effects processor and vocoder; and
- The AIRA System-1 Plug-Out Synthesizer – a $599 virtual analog synthesizer that can transform into a variety of classic synth, and act as a hardware controller for a new line of software synthesizers.
The AIRA series is based on Roland’s newly-developed Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) which the company says faithfully captures the sound of some of Roland’s most revered classics. In developing the AIRA line, Roland modeled classic circuits, using original design specs, consultation with original product engineers, and a detailed part-by-part analysis of each analog circuit, using pristinely-archived Roland drum machines and synthesizers.
We got a sneak preview of the Roland AIRA line at the 2014 NAMM Show. The line is hands on, appears to be solidly built and is priced surprisingly competitively. These aren’t purist recreations, but they are not stripped-down knockoffs, either.
Instead, Roland has tried to combine the best features of some of their classic gear with modern functions that today’s technology makes possible. See our Roland AIRA overview for a hands-on.video demo of the new line. Continue reading